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bashar al assad in march of 2011. >>> the huge shakeup at the cia as director david patraeus resigned because of an extra marital affair first reported by nbc news. nbc's chris clackum has more on the retired general's surprising revelations. >> reporter: in his resignation letter to president obama david patraeus, who took over at the cia in 2011, wrote, after being married for over 37 years i showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extra marital affair. such behavior is unacceptable both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. petraeus resigns just days after his boss won re-election, but president obama accepted it, saying about petraeus and his wife holly i wish them the very best at this difficult time. >> a little too soon to tell today because how soon this was but for lack of a better term petraeus is a legend. he is one of the few generals in american history to get so much credit for so many things. >> reporter: petraeus had been scheduled to testify at house and senate hearings next week on the terrorist attack in september on the american e
of great talent. >> many who know petraeus say he was just coming into his own at the cia after a rocky transition from his military career. >> suddenly he was in a very different kind of operation, where cia officers pride themselves on being difficult and pushing back, and in the early months, that was differently for petraeus. >> reporter: andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >> nbc news also spoke with a former spokesman for general petraeus. steve boylan says his boss is truly remorseful about the affair that led to his resignation. he said that petraeus "knows he screwed up" and will try to work things out with his family. there will be more later this morning on "meet the press." andrea mitchell will be on to discuss the latest developments. you can catch me at 10:30 right here at nbc 4. >>> new this morning, a deadly explosion destroyed two homes and damaged more than a dozen other homes in indiana. right now firefighters are trying to determine what caused the blast. it happened at 11:00 near indianapolis. police evacuated more than 200 people from the neighborhood. investiga
. >>> new developments in the deadly consulate attack in libya. former cia director david petraeus says the agency knew it was a terrorist attack the whole time. lawmakers say petraeus told them the cia knew the attack was a terrorist plot but decided to classify the information because of intelligence and legal issues. originally intelligence officers said the attack was in response to an antimuslim video made here in the u.s. petraeus added that u.n. ambassador susan rice had specific talking points for media outlets which did not include the terrorist plot because, again, it was classified information. new reports show the woman who helped launch the petraeus scandal visited the white house three times in the past year. jill kelly and her sister were invited by a mid level staffer they met at the airforce base in florida. kelly also referenced petraeus and general john allen in e-mails to tampa's mayor. she said the two generals were telling her to stop a local shock jock threatening to destroy a koran. petraeus resigned after admitting to an affair with his biographer paula broadwel
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